THE new owners of an 18th century country inn which has undergone a huge refurbishment are hoping they can bring the venue back into the heart of the community.

The Farmers Arms, in the Waen near St Asaph, was bought by Elaine Molloy and Peter Maull in November 2017.

The build has undergone a huge revamp, and is set to reopen on October 20. The renovation has included the creation of three boutique bedrooms.

Elaine said: "Our official launch/opening date is likely to be October 20. Me, being a romantic, has chosen the 20th as it is the anniversary of myself and Pete's first date.

"We've been together for eight years. He came into a cafe-tea room that I had in Prestatyn on his way to an early ferry to work in Dublin.

"We have put absolutely everything into this venture. Financially and all our efforts.

"Life is too short to not pursue dreams."

Whilst the couple are renovating and diversifying the old building, they are making great attempts not to modernise.

"The Farmers Arms has been a focal point for the community for many years," Elaine added.

"We hope to retain and put back original character and attract people to this beautiful location.

"We will be about recycling and avoiding plastic waste. We will source locally and support independent local businesses."

The Farmers Arms has received support from the Development Bank of Wales and Barclays.

The build ended up of the market after the previous owners retired.

North Wales Jazz, who have been putting on concerts for about 30 years, used to play at the Farmers Arms for several years until its closure.

The group now perform at the White House, Rhuallt, near St Asaph.

Maureen Hopkins, director of North Wales Jazz, said: “Two or three years ago we were at the pub [Farmers Arms]. People used to come to our concerts at the pub from across Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, Prestatyn and Chester.

“We were sorry to leave the Farmers Arms but we couldn't return, it wouldn't work for us now with it being an ensuite B&B.

"We are very happy at the White House. Our audiences expect a concert type atmosphere. We have a better sized room at the White House, it is a really lovely space, and we have our own lighting system."